Riverside County’s September jobless rate settles below 7%

With gains throughout most sectors of the regionaleconomy last month, Riverside County’s unemployment rate dropped below 7%,according to figures released Friday, Oct. 22, by the California Employment DevelopmentDepartment. The jobless rate in September, based on preliminary EDD estimates, was6.6%, compared to 7.6% in August. The September rate was exactly four percentage points lower than the year-ago level, when countywide unemployment stood at 10.6%, amid the publichealth lockdowns. About 73,400 residents were recorded as out of work last month, and1,041,500 were employed, according to EDD. Coachella had the highest unemployment rate countywide in September at14.4%, followed by Mecca at 10.4%, Desert Hot Springs and Winchester eachat 9.8%, East Hemet at 9.5% and Highgrove
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